Uneven skin tone can darken your face and make you look tired. It can make you look older. For this skin issue, your skin doctor may recommend microdermabrasion. The American Academy of Dermatology defines microdermabrasion as a noninvasive way to achieve brighter skin. Here is an overview of microdermabrasion if you are considering it.
What Microdermabrasion Is
Microdermabrasion uses a mildly abrasive tool that strips your skin of its uneven, rough layer. It does so in a gentle way. The treatment aims to remove sun damage, stretch marks, scarring, and discoloration. Each session can do the following:
- Treats acne and acne scars.
- Improves blackheads and age spots.
- Refines and removes large pores.
- Lightens skin tone.
- Removes dark patches.
- Eliminates wrinkles and fine lines.
- Removes dead skin cells.
- Leaves you with a fresh look.
- Lightens stretch marks.
Your skin tends to lose collagen as you age. The taut, smooth skin you had when you were younger becomes loose and wrinkly because of this. Microdermabrasion helps by triggering the production of more collagen. You can then enjoy younger-looking skin when the effects kick in.
Preparing for the Treatment
Since microdermabrasion is minimally invasive, it does not need surgery. You do not need to prepare for it that much. Before the procedure, you should ask your skin doctor if this treatment is right for your skin problem. Tell your skin doctor about past surgeries and procedures, as well as medical conditions. Doing so is important in creating your treatment plan.
Your skin doctor may tell you to refrain from waxing, sun exposure, and tanning creams for a week before your microdermabrasion. You should also stop using masks and exfoliating creams three days before your treatment. You must remove your makeup and clean your face well before microdermabrasion starts.
How It Works
It takes about one hour to finish microdermabrasion. You may not need a numbing agent or anesthesia for this treatment. You will sit in a reclining chair. This will give your provider good access to the target areas.
Your skin care provider will use a handheld tool that will spray particles on your skin. These particles will rub away the outer skin layer. Prepare a moisturizer with sun protection. You will need to apply this on your skin after the treatment.
Different Microdermabrasion Devices
The FDA approved microdermabrasion back in 1996. The technology gave birth to many microdermabrasion devices since then. One treatment may be different from the next, depending on the type of device that your skin care provider uses. Here are the different types of microdermabrasion devices available:
Crystal microdermabrasion uses a handpiece that emits crystals to clear the outer layers of your skin. One feature is the diamond-tip handpiece, which removes and suctions dead skin cells. The abrasion’s depth will depend on the pressure you apply on the handpiece. It will also depend on how long the suction will stay on the skin.
Hydradermabrasion combines a crystal-free infusion of products into the skin and exfoliation. This type of microdermabrasion stimulates blood flow to your skin. It also triggers the production of collagen.
Microdermabrasion can reveal brighter, more youthful-looking skin. At Handal Plastic Surgery, we guide our patients before, during, and after their procedures. Feel free to visit our facility in Boca Raton, Florida, for an in-person consultation.
Call 561-220-6360 to schedule an appointment or inquire about our microdermabrasion treatment packages.